• Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Heat Treat

    Job Locations US-CO-Colorado Springs
    Posted Date 11 months ago(2/28/2018 2:37 PM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    A subsidiary of IDEAL INDUSTRIES INC., Western Forge produces the highest-quality metal work in the USA and is an American standard in premier hand tool craftsmanship.  IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. has been propelled by the principles of its founder, J. Walter Becker, for nearly a century. Since the beginning, this family-run enterprise has been committed to building ideal relationships with its customers, employees and communities, creating some of the industry’s most innovative and trusted products along the way. This commitment to quality and service will continue to spur the success of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. and its family of companies, for generations to come.


    The Sr. Heat Treat Engineer provides engineering process solutions to resolve production problems within the Heat Treat processes. Metallurgy and process control knowledge is required to successfully evaluate and continuously improve the Heat Treat process with the goal of reducing cost of quality, operating expense, minimizing variances and increasing throughput.


    • Oversee and provide substantial engineering/technical support for the operations:
      • Evaluates NCR history and identifies marginal parts
      • Creates corrective actions to improve process capability and reduce cost of quality
      • Participates in Heat Treat Shop MRB activity
      • Conducts root causes analysis and dis-positioning deviated product in WIP
      • Develops new or revise standard operating practices and department procedures
      • Monitors product flow on new or marginal parts
      • Evaluates and implements optimization of processes
    • Direct/Instruct engineering technicians and operations personnel in the operation and improvements as required for annealing and heat treating processes to world class or six sigma quality/process control
    • Partners with production management and other internal departments to provide engineering solutions.
    • Works with equipment designers to develop a cost-effective and working production process of a new or existing product
    • Works with customers, vendors, process support personnel and development engineering teams to ensure new product manufacturing methods are stable and capable
    • Develops and documents new manufacturing methods, tooling and techniques within established equipment for new development projects
    • Conduct tests on systems for efficiency and accuracy until a quality and cost-effective production process is implemented successfully
    • Leads process design projects and make sure the projects are completed on time
    • Ensures that throughout the manufacturing process, the financial budget is followed
    • Improves the present manufacturing or production processes to boost productivity, quality, and profitability for the company
    • Work closely with potential suppliers to complete R&D, prototyping and process evaluation. Issue work-orders to manufacture prototypes and test fixtures. Keep management informed of progress and potential.
    • Implements the transition of new technology or processes to make sure production continues successfully without any disruption
    • Follow all safety procedures.


    • Bachelor of Science (BS) in engineering from ABET accredited university (metallurgical engineering or material science)
    • Minimum of 7 – 10 years of manufacturing experience, including electrical controls experience
    • Experience in metallurgical and heat treat principles with testing and sample preparation Experience in implementation of formal product development, process documentation and process control in a manufacturing or equivalent environment
    • Hand tool metal working, forming, machining or metal shaping experience
    • Certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Expert or Green Belt preferred


    • Hands-on ability to evaluate, trouble shoot, improve, and control equipment/processes for hot forged or cold formed product operations
    • Process knowledge and experience in developing process flow documents and visual aides
    • Strong experienced Six Sigma/Lean (DMAIC) skills as well as other problem solving skills, knowledge and foundation. Including statistical process control (SPC) mathematics. Ability to provide leadership in Six Sigma (DMAIC) methodology
    • Ability to personally lead teams (hand on) in manufacturing or customer environment for root cause investigation and permanent corrective action for non conformances or issues of concern
    • Computer skills that including; Computer Aided Design of (Solid Works, AutoCAD, NX) solid models, Minitab, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, graphs, Bill of Material Routings and costing
    • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings or material specification
    • Ability to create and present information to senior leadership while educating and defending perspective
    • Support other engineering or operation projects/processes as required
    • Must have proven ability to work safely in a complex safety-sensitive environment
    • Good written and oral communication skills and the ability to work independently
    • Demonstrated sense of urgency
    • Results oriented, self-motivated
    • Experience using a variety of business and engineering computer applications
    • Experience in hand tools manufacturing or similar a plus

    IDEAL INDUSTRIES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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